January 14, 2014 | Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin
Not for guitar lovers only, some thirty-five instruments from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, display the history of the great American guitar firm from its beginnings with the Viennese style instruments of C.F. Martin Sr., who came to this country, encountered Spanish style guitars here, and combined the two styles in a way that influenced subsequent makers of the instrument.
Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin • January 14 to December 7 • metmuseum.org
Guitar by Christian Frederick Martin (1796 - 1873), c. 1850 - 1862. Spruce, rosewood, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl. C. F. Martin archives, photograph by John Sterling Ruth.
Also opening today at the Met: Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters
January 14, 2014 | Four paintings (three from European institutions and one from a private collection in New York) created by Piero della Francesca for private devotion will be shown together for the first time: St. Jerome and a Donor; Madonna and Child with Two Angels; Saint Jerome in a Landscape; and Madonna and Child. The exhibition follows upon the Frick Collection's popular showing this year of seven of the eight works by the master known to exist in the UnitedStates.
Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters • January 14 to March 30 • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York • metmuseum.org
Madonna (The Senigallia) and Child with Two Angels by Piero della Francesca (c. 1412 - 1492). Tempera and oil on walnut. Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, Italy.
Also opening today at the Met: Early American guitars
January 10, 2014 | At this year's Winter Antiques Show in New York, the loan exhibtion is Fresh Take: Making Connections at Peabody Essex Museum. One of the show's highlights is an armchair from Vizagapatam, India, c. 1760 - 1770.
Before exploring the Vizagapatam armchair's fascinating history, the staff at the Peabody Essex Museum teaches us how to pronounce its name.
(For a higher-resolution video: Saying the V-word)
January 9, 2014 | Is it too soon to propose a quota on installations of contemporary art in period settings? Yes, I know, everything is mashable these days, but not all these border crossings of present into past deserve a visa. I recently went in search of a silver box in one of the period rooms of a major museum (it wasn't there). What I found instead was a series of interventions by artists who had installed video projections of old movies, recorded interviews with local folk jawing about their relatives, and, for some reason, multiple reproductions of twentieth-century plumbing fixtures. Makes you wonder, who's zooming who?
Not all conjunctions are so cockamamie, and many are simply wonderful. The recent sound installation by Janet Cardiff at the Cloisters in northern Manhattan comes to mind. There in the twelfth-century remnant of the Fuentiduena Chapel, Cardiff's recording of Thomas Tallis's sixteenth-century motet Spem in alium (In No Other Is My Hope) emerges from forty speakers arra…» More
January 9, 2014 | Armory Antique Show
The Armory Antique Show is a crowd pleaser, offering a playful abundance of eclectic wares at a range of prices. Organizers promise roughly one hundred specialists in antique and vintage furniture, folk art, Americana, modern design, garden ornament, lighting, jewelry, silver, textiles, and ceramics. Under new management this year, the Armory Antique Show was recently acquired by U.S. Antique Shows, whose schedule includes events in Florida, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Snowbirds flock to its flagship Original Miami Beach Antique Show, planned for January 30 to February 3 and perhaps best known for fine art, furniture, jewelry, silver, and ceramics. Vice president and group fair director Dan Darby promises few changes to the New York show, a magnet for Americana.
January 24–26 • 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. • armoryantiqueshow.com
Odd Fellows Heart in Hand staff, early twentieth century. Painted wood. American Garage, Los Angeles.
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[Compiled by Bill Stern, Executive Director at the Museum of California Design, Los Angeles. Originally published in "Curator's Eye" in Modern Magazi» View All